Junk Food: Poison Your Body…and Mexican Beaches

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Junk food and ultra-processed food companies are among the main responsible for the production of single-use plastics that soon become garbage and pollute beaches for centuries.

Every year they are dumped into the ocean near 8 million tons of plastican amount equivalent to throwing the contents of a garbage truck every minute on the beach, according to calculations by the United Nations Environment Program.

And despite the diversity of garbage, candy wrappers and potato chip bags have become the most present plastic pollutant in the oceans.

Among the main polluting companies of the beaches, those dedicated to the ultra-processed food production and sugary drinks. The top 10 are:

  1. The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola, AdeS, Fanta, Powerade, Santa Clara)
  2. PepsiCo (Pepsi, Gatorade, Sabritas, Quaker, Doritos, Gamesa)
  3. Unilever (Hellmann’s, Lipton, Knorr, Ben & Jerry’s)
  4. Nestle (Nido, Gerber, Maggi, Nescafe, Carlos V)
  5. Procter & Gamble (previous owner of Pringles and Jif)
  6. Mondelez International (Hershey’s, Trident, Tang, Ritz, Chips Ahoy)
  7. Philip Morris International (producer of cigars such as Marlboro, Chesterfield and L and M)
  8. Danone (Danonino, Danet, Activia, Bonafont, Oikos)
  9. Mars, Inc. (Milky Way, M&M’s, Twix, Skittles)
  10. Colgate-Palmolive (Colgate, Suavitel, Fabuloso)

The wrappers and containers of these companies were identified in the beaches around the world in a study conducted by Break Free from Plastic in 2021.

According to a report published by the Alliance for Food Health, The Coca-Cola Company is the main producer of disposable plastics identified in the Mexican seas between 2018 and 2021.

Just ten products account for three-quarters of the trash in the world’s oceans, including plastic bottles, food containers, wrappers, plastic lids and beverage cans, all related to the junk food industry.

In response to this situation, the Alliance for Food Health announced the launch of the campaign “Take care of your health, take care of the planet” to promote public policies in Mexico that reduce the consumption of junk food and the production of one-use garbage to protect human health and avoid contamination of beaches and the environment in general.